Electrical Drive Systems (H6097)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

Topics will normally include the following:

  • electrical drive systems: fundamentals (translational and rotational motion, power rating and classes of duty, 4-quadrant operation, torque/power limits, a note on closed-loop control of drives, electrical and mechanical transformers)
  • DC drives: brushed and brushless, and introduction to their control issues
  • AC motors: examples of motor drives (e.g. induction motors), and introduction to their control issues (emphasise model-based control characteristics, involving nonlinearity)
  • servomotors and stepper motors: principles and their control
  • examples of modern electrical drives in engineering applications.


89%: Lecture
11%: Practical (Laboratory)


20%: Coursework (Report)
80%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 35 hours of contact time and about 115 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2021/22. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: